Ashes Sydney Test Blog

The Ashes stay with England. But important questions remained unanswered. Can Australia save face by levelling the series? Is it worth levelling the series, anyway? Should Australia be more concerned with rebuilding for the future rather than winning in Sydney? And with Usman Khawaja set to make his debut, the really big question is just [Read more]

Rebuilding the Australian team

by Ben Dunn (in response to Dave Goodwin’s Punter’s Goose is Cooked) Hey Dave, We miss your not so hittable leg spinners and lusty hitting up here in Singapore! Consider the current Australian side: Watson Hughes Ponting Clarke Hussey Smith Haddin Johnson Siddle Harris Hilfenhaus Now of that side how many will play in the [Read more]

Boxing Day Blog

A world record crowd beckons. The sides are locked at 1-1. The ham sandwiches, the cordial and the Lions Christmas cake are packed. Bring on the Boxing Day Test! And bring on the banter, too. Give us your thoughts on how you think the next chapter of the intriguing tale of Ashes 2010-11 will pan [Read more]

Where The Seagulls Nest

In 2009 Jesse Maskell made a ten-minute documentary called Where The Seagulls Nest, as part of his VCE media studies. The documentary is a short history of the Williamstown football ground featuring archival footage and interviews with a handful of diehard long-time fans. Where The Seagulls Nest:

Ashes Blog – Third Test, Perth

Is there any way back for Australia in this series? Or should they be resigned to the possibility of several years in the cricketing wilderness? Is there any hope at all of Australia winning in Perth? And just how many more “Beer” puns can we come up with? Your thoughts, please…

Copeland Night 2010

By Andrea McNamara Hello everyone I thought I’d take my lead from Presti and save my talking until the end … Way back when the Copeland tickets went on sale, well before we were in a grand final, I got talked into attending the Copeland. And I’m so glad I said yes. I’ve never been [Read more]

2022 FIFA World Cup Vote: Questions need to be answered

By Domenic Favata In the early hours of Friday morning, the Middle Eastern country of Qatar were handed the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Australia managed only one vote, after spending 46.5 million dollars of tax payer money. But it is not the price to pay we should worry about, it is [Read more]

Tough day at the Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Test – day one – December 3, 2010 By Peter Argent It had been a tough day, in the early morning Qatar destroyed an Australian world cup 2022 soccer dream. There had been issues including Kevin Peitersen’s “Tweet” gate, some texts that inferred when Mitchell Johnson was dropped, he wasn’t told face-to-face. Interesting exchanges [Read more]

Ashes Blog: 2nd Test, Adelaide

It’s no surprise that Mitch Johnson has paid the price for his poor Brisbane performance. But should Marcus North also have been dropped? And what of England? They too struggled for wickets in Brisbane. Can either of these two sides take the 20 wickets required to win on an Adelaide pitch that, by all accounts, [Read more]

Tassie Launch – Wynyard Footy Club

A grand time was had by all at the Tasmanian launch of the 2010 Almanac. Here are some snapshots of the event.   Paul Daffey and Bill Walker   Tim Lane and a friend   Paul Daffey and retro Wynyard Guernsey

Ashes Blog: 1st Test Brisbane

Despite all the grumbling about selectors, Punter, old batsmen, etc. we’re all still watching with expectation. Almanckers aren’t known for bashfulness with their opinions, so feel free to share through the course of the game.

Book Launch: Gideon Haigh & Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan talks sport with Gideon Haigh 6:30pm Wednesday 8 December Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall Cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton “Does cricket make money in order to exist, or does it exist in order to make money?” In his new book Sphere of Influence, Gideon Haigh follows cricket’s biggest story since Kerry Packer’s [Read more]

Almanac Launch Photos

The Good, the Bad, and the… well, we’ll leave that to your discretion. Ladies excepted of course. On the 11th November, warring football clans called an Armistice, to meet together in the common purpose of launching this year’s Almanac. Both father(s) and child are doing well, though we haven’t heard what the mother thinks just [Read more]

Art Show: Ochre Ground

Martin Tighe, who painted Chappy for the 2007 Almanac, has a show opening on Wednesday.

Football hero’s homeless grace

Just because you’re down doesn’t mean you have to be out. Brian Doyle tells a beautiful story of a struggling ex footballer who returns to the place where things worked well for him. Courtesy of Eureka Street

English Hope Springs Eternal

This Guardian piece from Mike Selvey shows that even some of the more level-headed English pundits are starting to get their hopes up.

2011 AFL Fixture Discussion

The AFL have just released the full fixture for next season. Fuller examination will doubtless reveal many sub-plots and sub-texts, but initial points to catch the eye: As usual, Collingwood have less opportunity to accumulate frequent flyer points than other teams- cue traditional arguments over this issue. West Coast and Freo will now be playing [Read more]

Name Your Team

The Cricinfo website has just undergone an extensive process to pick their all-time World Eleven. This is the team they arrived at. ESPNcricinfo All-Time World XI- these blokes can play a bit. 1st XI Jack Hobbs Len Hutton Don Bradman Sachin Tendulkar Viv Richards Garry Sobers Adam Gilchrist Malcolm Marshall Shane Warne Wasim Akram Dennis [Read more]

And so it begins…

It’s been a little over three weeks since the last AFL game, and I’m already missing the hustle and bustle of the AFL. Richmond began their pre-season training today, with the first to third year players stepping back out on to the field of battle in preparation for the 2011 season. Holidays are over, its [Read more]

Paul Chapman with Hair

Chappy as you’ve never seen him before (well, not recently anyway).